Monday, September 11, 2006

If You're Going Through...

If anyone listens to Country music, there is one fairly new song which has summed up my entire summer. It is called "If You're Going Through Hell" by Rodney Atkins. If you have heard it, you know that some of the lyrics are:

"You feel like there is a sign there on your back, that says 'I don't mind if you kick me, seems like everybody has.' Things go from bad to worse, you think they can't get worse than that...and then, THEY DO." "If you're going through hell, keep on moving, face that fire, don't look back, you might get out, before the Devil even knows you're there!"

The only difference between that and my summer job is that unfortunately the Devil knew I was there, but somehow I convinced him that I was cool, and I GOT OUT!!!

Ok, so it wasn't that easy, and it has felt like hell at times. Saturday's 2nd game of the playoffs got rained out. I have been praying all season for a rain out, and the one day I didn't...the game was called. That meant that there was a potential for a double header on Sunday. If the Orem Owlz won the first game, they would play another right after, which would then start a whole new playoff series with another potentially two games. I hated Sunday games, not only for the fact that it was Sunday, but there only ever was about 200 people at most, and so it was soooo slow, and there wasn't much point in us being there.

Luckily the Owlz got behind in the game from the first inning, and then got trounced after the other team hit a grand slam to put them up for good. Owlz lose 9-3. We were all sooo happy! It mostly meant that we could finally get away from our boss, whom we have all come to realize has been cheating and lying and stealing. Not a very nice man, so we all have felt as though we were in hell!

My hell is now over, and I can get on with trying to find a grown-up-real-people-job. I have applied at both Lehi and Orem Costco's, for their bakery department. I must follow up with them in the next day or two, and I am pretty confident I will get at least one of them. Maybe more Orem instead of Lehi, for lots of dumb reasons I won't bore you with.

Anyway, I have my life back, and that means trouble!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

By Golly I Think I've Done It!

After much headache, and enduring the summer from way down under, I think I may have finally finished everything so I can actually graduate. YES!!! HOORAY!!!

I think UVSC is plotting against me though. If it isn't fighting with my department advisor to return my phone calls so I may actually register for my internship, or trying to convince the Executive Chef that this job really does count as an internship, it is petitioning the school to give me my money back for a class I never took, and convincing the College that I really did complete all of my requirements for graduation. Even if my unofficial transcripts say I didn't!

I thought the hardest part of this ordeal was going to turn my evaluations into my Executive Chef. I feared he would finally tell me to my face (since I previously heard it through the grapevine he didn't think my internship was hard enough) this internship wouldn't count. That was the easiest part of everything. He was so awesome, made some small talk with me, and then I left before he realized where my internship was, and the whole situation regarding that!

The next step was going to pay the tuition required for the 8 credit internship. I was planning about $1200-$1300. Come to find out it was almost $1700. I knew tuition had increased again, but not that much. While goofing around on the registration site back in June, I registered for 8 credits just to get an idea of how much tuition would be. I thought I immediately dropped them all, but now they are telling me that I have an "unauthorized withdrawal" and holds all over my records because of it.

A 3 credit accounting class still on my class schedule for the summer. I never went, nor had any intention of going to it. According to the school, even though I thoroughly explained to them the situation, I still owe the money for the credits. I can petition to get it back, and get the holds on my records but that will take two weeks. Who can sit on that much money for two weeks!!!??? I get paid crap for working harder than my boss does, and doing his job for him, so that is certainly not working for me!!!

If that weren't enough, I just wanted to confirm that I had, in fact, completed all of the requirements for graduation. Granted this was an unofficial evaluation, so that gives me some hope that this institution for higher education isn't trying to screw me over! The transcripts read I have yet to complete the first two semesters of the core culinary classes. Meaning, the school thinks I haven't taken two semesters of classes that are pre-recquistites to get into the third semester of cooking classes, and to be able to complete my internship.

Which lame office assistant is responsible for that stroke of genius?